It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Paris, especially at Galeries Lafayette, one of France’s biggest department stores. The Swiss watch company Swatch is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the windows each have the theme of time.

I waited until the evening to go by, because I think it just feels more magical then, however the best time to go are weekday mornings, to beat the crowds.

Inside of the department store is a 13 foot Christmas tree under the famous dome, which to is supposed to come to life on the hour, though it didn’t while I was there waiting for 15 minutes, 5 minutes before and 10 after. Not the best advertising for Swatch, but the tree was still very pretty.

The scenes are there until early January, so if you’re in Paris between now and then, don’t miss it!